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Once Upon a Workout

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

 I received classes in exchange for a review however, all opinions expressed herein are solely my own. 

Once upon a time I used to be a gym rat.  I'd go to the gym 5-6 times weekly. I loved to sweat and lift weights.  I enjoyed spending hours upon hours in the gym each week.  It was an outlet, a healthy one. Balanced with clean eating and treating myself to the occasional pizza and beer.  

Then I had my first son and time just didn't allow me the luxury of my usual hobby, at least not to the same degree.  So, my weekly sessions were cut significantly but, I still made it a point to be active at least twice a week. Well that was until I had my second and all hope for a little me time at the gym was lost to 3am wake up calls for MONTHS, juggling life with two, starting a new restaurant, etc. etc.  

Now I'm lucky if I get anything more than a stroller walk through the park or a wrestling session with a three year old (don't laugh, its legit). My youngest turns 1 this month so I thought what better time to get back in shape and make me a priority for just a couple hours a week. However, I didn't much feel like fighting the crowds and waiting in line for the next elliptical or bench press. Instead, I started going to Verve Pilates Studio of Fresno in Fresno with the goal of getting more lean muscle mass, flexibility and overall better physical fitness because in all honesty, my physical fitness couldn't get much worse.  Verve is just minutes from my house, off Ingram. Verve offers Bodhi and Pilates classes as well as arc, mac and orbit work. There are group classes and private instruction but even when a class is full, it only consists of 5 people. Thus, you are always getting a very hands on approach. 

This week I tried a few class including their Bodhi class from Lauren, a certified Bodhi instructor. I had never tried Bodhi but did have some experience with rope suspension work (think TRX). Don't let those little ropes fool you, you may not see heavy weights but this class is anything but easy.  It is designed to utilize your own bodyweight and the simple laws of physics to really test your strength and balance.  The straps can be used for upper body, lower body and core. There were some ab and tricep exercises where my body was shaking within seconds of starting. 

Lauren had us start with some stretches, work through the upper then lower body and finish with abs. The class moves quickly and it's over before you have time to complain that it hurts (in a good way, of course). It definitely showed me that I haven't completely lost "it" but, I am weak in a lot of respects and I can't wait to change that. 

With 10 different classes available you will always be able to find a fitness program that suits your style and needs. You can find Verve's website HERE.  Or connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.


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